While South Congress Avenue is a destination for many visitors in Austin, the popular corridor is flanked by residential neighborhoods. It is the concept of a local’s know-how and inspiration from side-alley entrances to izakayas in Tokyo, that influenced the decision to make the primary entrance of the restaurant through the back door. Using warm woods, like maple for flooring and trim, and common materials, such as plywood wainscotting, we created an atmosphere that is approachable, inviting, and lacking pretense. The dark plaster and Japanese tile used throughout balances the warmth of the wood with cooler, earthen materials. Custom caned panel ceilings are suspended throughout the dining spaces. Other design details include chairs by Japanese maker Kashiwa, Tom Sachs Noguchi table lamp, Shou Sugi Ban exterior door, Shibori-dyed Norin curtains, and sculptural ceramic pieces by Adam Silverman.